Sometimes known as the “unofficial national dish” in the Philippines, adobo is both a popular course and a cooking process in the Philippines. This classic Filipino dish obtained its name from its cooking process that involved stewingwith vinegar. Initially, adobo was employed as a method of preservation, but in time, it became a primary method of flavouring food before cooking. The term adobo may come from the Spanish word for seasoning or marinade, but this recipe is truly indigenous.

Typically, adobo uses pork or chicken, or a combination of both, which is slowly cooked in vinegar, crushed garlic, bay leaves, black peppercorns, and soy sauce. However, the dish varies in almost every province in the Philippines; each place has its own version. Almost every ingredient can change according to personal preferences, but vinegar is always its basic component. One variety is that without soy sauce, called “adobong puti”. Instead of soy sauce, salt or other seasoning such as patis is being used to adjust the taste. Another regional variation cooks adobo with coconut milk and is known as “adobo sa gata”. Here, we give you the Tarlaqueño way of cooking this traditional cuisine. Enjoy!


  • 1k. pork (piqué)
  • 1k. chicken
  • ½ liter pineapple juice
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsps. Black pepper
  • 1 cup sliced pineapple
  • 1 head garlic, chopped
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cooking oil
  • 1 laurel leaf

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Marinate the pork and chicken pieces in pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, laurel leaf and pepper for 2 hours.
  2. Remove the pork and chicken and set  aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and sauté the garlic and onion.
  4. Add the marinated pork and chicken along with the marinade. Allow to simmer until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Serve topped with pineapple slices.